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Ritual Life

Free Religious School Promotes Jewish Identity, Relationships and Retention

The costs of being a young family and raising children are astronomical. After all the necessities, luxuries like additional Jewish schooling can be out of...

Local Students Learned MEOR Than Just History in Winter Break Trip to Poland

Winter break for college students usually means one thing: stuffing weeks of laundry into a bag to bring home and spending a few weeks...
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Teaching the Omer One Day at a Time

Rabbi Yael Levy says that counting the Omer is a hidden treasure of our Jewish tradition. Rabbi Yael Levy was alone in the southwest part...
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Singing the Praises of an Educational Program

Har Zion Temple's Madregot program provides individualized learning at the Jane Fishman Grinberg Religious School. Rabbi Nogah Marshall makes no bones about one of the...
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More Men Making Mikvah Dunks as Menstrual Rite

NEW YORK — Mikvah night has an unusual meaning in the Ozur Bass household. As for many observant Jewish women, it’s the night each month...
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Silent night: How the Hasidim observe Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve occupies a special place on the Hasidic calendar as a kind of “silent night,” when Torah study ceases — and then resumes...
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Rowan University Inaugurates Holocaust Studies Center

A new center at Rowan University will bring new attention and focus to Holocaust studies. Charles Middleberg recalled his favorite childhood memory was nothing: the...
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Reconciling the Get With Modern Mores

According to the Torah, a sefer k’ritut (“scroll of cutting off”) — referred to as a get — is required for a Jewish couple...
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Putting the Mitzvah in Bar Mitzvah

For the tens of thousands of youths from dysfunctional families who are cared for in residential facilities all over the Jewish state, it’s often...
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Make Mitzvah Projects More Meaningful by Selecting Jewish Recipients

Over the last decade, mitzvah projects have become decreasingly Jewish in their focus and intent. Mitzvah projects are far more likely to be focused...